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Jim Ryan Expresses Regret Over Comment on Hating Older Games

Jim Ryan Expresses Regret Over Comment on Hating Older Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 1,866 Views

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with TIME in June 2017 said that backwards compatibility is highly requested by fans, however, it is something that isn't used much. He added he was at a Gran Turismo event that showcased the different versions of the game dating back to the original on the PlayStation and didn't understand why anyone would play it. 

"When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much," Ryan Said at the time. "That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"

Ryan in a new interview released in the Axios Gaming newsletter expresses regret over his comments and what he meant to say was how much the series has evolved over the years. 

Jim Ryan Expresses Regret Over Comments on Why Anyone Would Play Old Gran Turismo Games

"The point I was trying to make — obviously not very well — was just how great the PS4 version looked and how far the series had evolved. I certainly wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to our heritage," he said. 

"I guess my big learning from all of this is that when Kazunori Yamauchi unveils the next Gran Turismo side by side with its history, that I will keep my mouth shut."

The PlayStation 5 currently only supports backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4 natively, while some PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 titles are available using the PlayStation Now streaming service. 

To compares, the Xbox Series X|S can run games from the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox. 

Thanks, VideoGamesChronicle.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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22 Comments
EnricoPallazzo (on 12 June 2021)

Dont know his background but its a typical comment of someone that is not a real gamer. His comment makes sense from an older guy that may not be a gamer, but if you play games you know graphics are not everything, there is so much more involved in making one game better than the other.

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Libara (on 12 June 2021)

Only took 4 years

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S.Peelman (on 12 June 2021)

So he basically realized that it wasn’t all about the graphics after all.

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Bizwas S.Peelman (on 12 June 2021)

No, he realized he should have kept his mouth shut. Says so himself.

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S.Peelman Bizwas (on 12 June 2021)

Yes, because he realised it wasn't all about the graphics after all he realised he should've kept his mouth shut.

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SanAndreasX S.Peelman (on 12 June 2021)

Nah, it’s another one of those non-apologies that comes after someone realizes their comments went over like a lead balloon and got them in hot water. His feelings haven’t actually changed.

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VAMatt (on 12 June 2021)

Stupid thing to say, but I get it. Video games, on average, get better as technology progresses and developers learn to do new things. Also, he's right that most people won't go back and play older games very much when there's so much new stuff available.

The problems with that line of thinking are 1) there are plenty of people that do play old games (a small minority of the giant pool of gamers is still a lot of people), and 2) some games really do hold up, or simply are so special that newer tech can't improve upon them.

Anyway, his opinion is a fine one to have. But, when you're in his position, you can't say that kind of shit publicly.

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crissindahouse (on 12 June 2021)

Who would have thought that games are not only about how great they look. Did he ever see the success of games like Counter Strike on PC? Games like GT 1 and 2 are really too outdated for 99% of all gamers, though.

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Spike0503 crissindahouse (on 12 June 2021)

I get what you're saying but 99% may be a bit too high.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 June 2021)

He is a business man from the sounds of his comment not a gamer.

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siebensus4 (on 11 June 2021)

GT4 is still the best. Graphic isn't everything. This game is perfect. The newer ones lack of constant framerate, car pool and wind noise. I don't think he played every entry that much.

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Azzanation siebensus4 (on 12 June 2021)

I think his comment was more around games like GT1.

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mjk45 siebensus4 (on 12 June 2021)

My favourite was GT3 , but my favourite racing moment was racing in the wet at night doing the Leman 24 hr race in GT5 and I'm excited for GT7 bringing back upgrades I remember buying a Toyota Celica in GT 2 and using it for around 70% of the game till it could no longer compete by winning eligible series and using the money to upgrade to the next higher grade.
it was great quite often you would just make the minimum HP needed and have to race your arse off great fun.

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EnricoPallazzo siebensus4 (on 12 June 2021)

And it had seattle circuit.

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mjk45 EnricoPallazzo (on 12 June 2021)

so did GT2 and 3

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EnricoPallazzo mjk45 (on 12 June 2021)

but they were not as good as 4. Although GT3 is pretty good.

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mjk45 EnricoPallazzo (on 12 June 2021)

Seattle circuit was my favourite track in GT4 and favourite version, but for some reason GT4 while being a step ahead, never clicked the same way GT3 did, not sure why at the time , but reflecting back it didn't have the wow factor advantage in terms of comparison that GT3 had over it's PS1 predecessors, and while I liked certain tracks overall I thought the combination could have been better but that's purely just a matter of personal taste rather than objective criticism.

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EnricoPallazzo mjk45 (on 13 June 2021)

I think its a normal feeling, GTA2 never had the same impact on me as GTA1, although I prefer GTA 4 over 3 and GTA 6 over 5.

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DialgaMarine (on 12 June 2021)

Eh, I still somewhat understand his point. There’s a lot of older games I remember very fondly, but I know, with how used I am to modern controls and graphics, that if I played them now, many would seem very subpar. The classics will always be classics, but to say any game is timeless is naive. Especially applies to the 6th gen and older.

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Spike0503 DialgaMarine (on 12 June 2021)

Some games are timeless though.

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foxmccloud64 DialgaMarine (on 12 June 2021)

It depends on how the games were made, lots of games fulfilled everything they wanted to accomplish and are timeless as other user says, this was mainly achived by great gameplay to go along with the desing of the game, now that some games have "more characteristics" doesn't necessarily make previous games "subpar", it's true that games have more content and "better tech" which could result in games with lots of things to do or innovative ways to play, but sometimes they end up being bloatware filled with needless, irrelevant or outright unused content.

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